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Burnley College Sixth Form Centre Boosts Students’ Employability Skills During Careers Month

Burnley College Sixth Form Centre has been busy boosting the employability skills of its ambitious students considering their progression to university and successful careers – as well as Year 11 pupils planning to start their careers soon through a Themis Apprenticeship. During an innovative and engaging online Careers Month, the themes of University study, Apprenticeships and Employability Skills were explored in depth, with virtual activities providing valuable insights into university applications and the corporate world.

With the support of Tutors and Expert Advisors, as well as external speakers, workshops and seminars, students enjoyed:



Students took part in virtual advice and guidance sessions delivered by top universities across the UK, including the University of Manchester, Newcastle University, Lancaster University, the University of Central Lancashire and the University of Sheffield. Students gained an insight into life at University and the additional life skills they would develop as well as academic knowledge; the different degree-level study routes open to them; their career prospects after graduation; and how they can stand out from the crowd when applying to study at university  through UCAS.

Staff also provided individual support to help students create personal statements for UCAS applications; outlined UCAS deadlines for applications to popular courses, such as medicine, and to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge; gave insights into specific career routes and industry areas and showcased the many degree programmes available at Burnley College University Courses. Students also took part in informative online seminars and workshops on digital safety and managing finances – key skills needed at University – delivered by national experts.



Apprenticeship Week explored the world of opportunities that open up through embarking on an Apprenticeship with Themis at Burnley College.

Delivered to Year 11 pupils at schools across the region, virtual sessions introduced the great range of Apprenticeships in diverse industries which are open to school leavers; gave in-depth insights into how Apprenticeships are managed in College and the workplace; how to boost your career prospects as a Themis Apprentice and how to apply for your perfect Themis Apprenticeship with a leading employer. The informative sessions ensured pupils were empowered to make the right choices regarding their preferred route after GCSEs and also included popular question-and-answer sessions with current Themis Apprentices, who shared their own experiences.

Current students at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre also took advantage of the opportunity to join virtual sessions delivered by Barclays Bank, HSBC Bank, the University of Central Lancashire and Manchester Metropolitan University exploring their options to progress to Higher or Degree Apprenticeship in their chosen careers.



Careers Month culminated with an in-depth insight into employability skills and how students can improve their career prospects and stand out from the crowd in a competitive jobs market. Virtual sessions included information on how to write an effective CV and covering letter, volunteering, work experience, interview skills and using digital tools to research and find the ideal position.

Students learnt about the ‘soft’ skills valued by employers and university interview panels alike, including communication, problem-solving, self-confidence, team working, initiative and time-management. Through tailored activities and challenges they were able to recognise how their personal attributes, their experiences and individual qualities could help to strengthen applications for university study or a career.


“It has been an amazing month of learning and personal development and reflects the importance we place at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre on students being empowered to break down barriers to success and achieve their goals.

“The College’s Student Services Team were committed to ensuring the annual Careers Month went ahead in 2021, even though students were not in College due to Covid-19 restrictions. Working in close collaboration with the National Careers Service at College, we were pleased to see so many students getting involved and benefiting from all the activities provided to improve their employability prospects, boost their skills and recognise their potential.

“It is important that every student can make informed choices about their future, to get ahead in a career they love, and which gives them a real sense of satisfaction. We are here to help students Build Futures and Change Their Lives and Careers Month is an integral part of that mission.”

Kate Gedling

Student Services Team Leader

Are you looking for a College that will support you every step of the way into a career you love? Do you want expert advice and guidance on choosing the best path after GCSEs that suits you and your learning style? Burnley College Sixth Form Centre is the Number 1 College in England* and is here for you. From one of the largest range of A Levels in the region to Advanced Vocational study in exciting career areas, speacialist T Levels and successful Themis Apprenticeships, we have the perfect option for you after GCSEs. Speak to our helpful Student Services team today and see where Burnley College can take you. Contact us on 01282 733373, email [email protected] or visit www.burnley.ac.uk/howtoapply to find out more.

*according to the latest Government Achievement Tables for students aged 16-18.